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About Ize Anumah

Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world! Want to read more from Ize? www.lightinwords.com
  • Have you ever gotten to the point where you’re completely exhausted and just have had it with everything and everyone else including God? If you haven’t, I thank God for your life but if you have before, are currently there right now, or you are finding yourself there more frequently, then this might just be […]

    Personalized Scriptures For Your Toughest Seasons

    Have you ever gotten to the point where you’re completely exhausted and just have had it with everything and everyone else including God? If you haven’t, I thank God for your life but if you have before, are currently there right now, or you are finding yourself there more frequently, then this might just be for you. Life gets hard and things don’t always go the way we plan them; plans fail, people fail. and sometimes we fail. Sometimes God seems so far away and silent like he’s turned a deaf ear and a blind eye. These are the exact moments when it appears like the devil is taunting us, rubbing our failures in our face and the lies he tells actually begin to take the appearance of truth.
    Truth is only you can aptly describe where you are right now and how you feel, but this one thing remains true-God loves you like a father, much more than your earthly father ever could. He sees and hears everything and he’ll make all things beautiful in His time. One of the things I have found the most important in seasons like this is drenching myself in the word of God. Not just any word of God but a very personalized form as though God was standing in front of me speaking. Read them every morning, make songs with them, put them around your house, in your car, in your locker at school or your table at work. When you crowd yourself with the truth, you give no room for the infiltration of lies. Here’s some of the scripture I’ve found helpful and personalized over time.
    ISAIAH 43:1-3
    But now thus says the Lord, my creator, he who formed me, I will not fear for he has redeemed me, he has called me by name, I am his.
    When I pass through the waters, he’ll be with me
    When I pass through the rivers, they’ll not sweep over me
    When I walk through the fire, I will not be burned,
    These flames will not burn me.

    ISAIAH 41:10
    I will not fear for he is with me
    I will not look anxiously about me for he is my God
    He will strengthen me, surely he will help me.
    Surely he will uphold me with his righteous right hand.

    HEBREWS 13:5-6
    He will never leave me, nor will he ever forsake me,
    So I can confidently say,
    he Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid, what can man do to me?

    PSALM 121
    I will lift up my eyes to the mountains
    From where shall my help come from
    My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth
    He will not allow my foot to slip
    He who keeps me will not slumber
    Behold, he who keeps me will neither sleep nor slumber
    The lord is my keeper
    The lord is my shade on my right hand
    The sun will not smite me by day
    Nor the moon by night
    The lord will keep my soul
    The lord will guide my going out and coming in
    From this time forth and forever

    PSALM 46
    God is my refuge and strength
    A very present help in trouble
    Therefore I will not fear though the earth should change
    Though its waters roar and foam
    Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride
    God is in my midst I will not be moved
    God will help me when morning dawns
    The lord of hosts is with me
    The god of Jacob is my stronghold

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  • “Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand.” -Ephesians 6:13-17.   It is no news to every Christian that the moment you surrender your life to Jesus, you enter into the […]

    The Armor of God

    “Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand.”

    -Ephesians 6:13-17.

     

    It is no news to every Christian that the moment you surrender your life to Jesus, you enter into the front of a lifelong battle, not against flesh and blood but against the principalities of darkness as Ephesians 13 tells us. While it may seem daunting to be in constant battle, it is also refreshing to know that we have been provided with all it takes to stand in the position of victory. Like every soldier on the battlefield, it is extremely important to be fully and properly clad with the appropriate gear. The apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians teaches us the components of the armor every Christian should put on in our fight for the kingdom.

    The Helmet of Salvation:

    This was not the first component listed but I chose to discuss this first. If you had to choose only one part of your body to protect what would it be? For the majority, I believe it would be the head for the fact that it contains the brain that controls every other part of the body and as a result, damage to the head would invariably mean failure of the remainder of the body to function. Think of salvation as the brain work behind everything you do as a Christian. It is the starting point. It is salvation that gets you into the fight in the first place. It is salvation that restores your place with God and puts you back under the covering of the blood of Jesus, shielding you from attacks from the enemy. It would be extremely dangerous for a soldier to go to war without his helmet, more so it would be impossible for anyone to go into the fight without first receiving the free gift of salvation made available to us in Christ Jesus.

    The Breastplate of Righteousness:

    If I gave you the option this time to choose two places you could protect, I believe the chest would come a very close second. The soldier’s breastplate was very important to him because it covered the vital organs in his chest which, if hit, would almost always mean death. Likewise, righteousness is very paramount to our race as Christians. Righteousness means to be holy and blameless before God. Of course, none of us can reach that height except for the blood of Jesus that restored us to our place with God. We, on the other hand, must do our part to live in a manner that depicts a person made worthy and sanctified, bought with the most costly price. We cannot go back to old ways or pick up old sins. Granted, this is a struggle and our flesh may seem too strong to overcome, but the point of righteousness is not perfection, it is a continuous struggle to get there. Living a life of sin opens us up to the enemy as if we were taking off our breastplate and leaving ourselves susceptible to attack. In this warfare, we must take care to have our breastplate on at all times and if in the event we realize we had taken it off, we must go to God in repentance immediately before the devil takes advantage of that weak spot.

    The Shield of Faith:

    The shield was carried to perform a function similar to that of the breastplate. To protect. This time not just the chest but anywhere that was under attack or sometimes the entire body. The gospels narrate a number of events where Jesus said to people who were healed, ‘your faith has saved you’ the woman with the issue of blood, the centurion, the blind man. In moments when we are under attack and it seems like the arrows of the enemy are coming fast for us, the faith we have in God as protector, provider, healer, comforter, deliverer is what keeps us standing firm. When the enemy throws his lies at us, the faith we have in the promises of God shield our hearts from being overcome by despair. In some instances, the shields of a few soldiers can become covering for the entire army. This reminds me of stories like that of the paralyzed man whose friends carried him down through the roof of an overcrowded building to Jesus, the centurion who came to Jesus on behalf of his sick servant. There would be times when members of our Christian family are hurt and wounded or too weak to carry on the fight and pick up their own shields, it is our faith to take them to Jesus that saves them and protects them from the enemy’s darts, as well as vice versa in our moments of weakness as well. The shield of faith is not just covering for ourselves but for the entire army.

    The Gospel of Peace:

    Another important piece of armor was the thick-soled shoes the soldiers wore. With all the shrapnel, arrows and sharp objects that must certainly be on the battleground, soldiers had to make sure their feet were secure because any injury would impede their ability to walk which automatically meant they would be unable to fight. As Christians, the impression of peace should precede us wherever we go. There is nothing we can achieve in conflict, the devil thrives in disunity and division amongst the children of God, as it is said in Ecclesiastes 4:12 ‘ a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.’ The devil knows that apart from one another we are easy targets but together it would be extremely difficult to get us. Peace and unity amongst us soldiers is necessary if we must win this fight.

    The Sword of the Spirit and the Belt of Truth:

    I put these together because they refer to one and the same thing. The word of God. The function of the sword is clear-cut, a weapon to slay the enemy but the Roman soldiers also wore a belt mostly around their waist, whose function was to hold the entire armor together as well as provide a place for the scabbard which would hold the sword. Dressing in the entire armor without the belt would mean everything would hang loosely including the sword which would pose as a hazard to the soldier and impair his ability to fight properly. So it is with a Christian and the truth of God which is the word. Everything has to be based on it, the knowledge and application of  righteousness, all come from the word of God, not having it rooted in your heart and mind would mean you can be easily swayed by any wave of teaching and doctrine that comes your way, which we can agree is a very dangerous position to be in especially as the world is making aggressive attempts redefine for itself what the truth is and what its own definition of good and bad is. The belt is the pivotal point of a soldier’s armor, the truth, the word of God is the center of Christian warfare.



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  • Dear daughter, I see the tears that put you to sleep night after night, I hear the prayers that only your heart can say because your lips are too weary from praying. I see the mornings it takes all you have but you get up, show up and put a smile on your face like […]

    You’ve Got Mail: A Heartfelt Letter From God

    Dear daughter,

    I see the tears that put you to sleep night after night, I hear the prayers that only your heart can say because your lips are too weary from praying. I see the mornings it takes all you have but you get up, show up and put a smile on your face like everything’s fine. I see the aching of your heart, the brokenness of your spirit. I know that you feel alone like you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death with no rod and staff for comfort. I know that you see yourself bending back over from the burdens that seem too heavy for you, I know you’ve wondered time and again where I am and if I’ve forgotten you. But hear me today, even if a mother forgets her baby at the breast, I will never forget you. There’s absolutely nothing you can do that would separate you from the overwhelming love I have for you. There’s no struggle known to man that can break you. There is nothing the devil can do to defeat your purpose. I know it seems hard to believe, but this waters will not sweep over you, this fire will not burn you, these flames shall not consume you. Because I have called you by name and you are mine. I will carry you when your legs seem too weak to move on, because my power is made manifest in your weakness and my grace is sufficient for you. You will triumph over this mountain like the victor that you are. Remember a father only chastises those he loves, it breaks my heart to see your tears, but I’d rather you pass through the fire and be refined to pure gold than you remain comfortable and impure. Hold on fast to me, keep your eyes on me the author and finisher of your faith and not your circumstances or situations. All of that will pass away, but my promises of good and not evil, to give you a future and an expected end will stand through till the end of time. The devil will whisper lies to you telling you I don’t love you anymore, that I see your tears. Beware of him, he’s a roaring lion who only wants to steal, kill and destroy, he wants you to skip the formative period so the world will not get to experience the fireball for me you will become. I will never fail to remind you that I love you, that I’m holding you and that you’re never alone. Listen to me, shut your ears to the lies of the devil, and in tune them to the truth the Holy Spirit whispers to you. Find your strength in me, for alone you are weak, fragile, vulnerable and the slightest winds would shake your sail, but with me, the one whom the winds and waves obey, you can sail strong against the storms. Remember, I am with you always, until the end of time.

    With love,

    Your heavenly Father.

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  • Can you relate to those awkward silences in conversations because you could not find words in your vast vocabulary to propagate a simple conversation? Or maybe you can relate to the feeling of going to an event and feeling invisible because you’re very poor at attracting attention to yourself. Then, of course, there’s that one […]

    What Every Introverted Christian Should Know

    Can you relate to those awkward silences in conversations because you could not find words in your vast vocabulary to propagate a simple conversation? Or maybe you can relate to the feeling of going to an event and feeling invisible because you’re very poor at attracting attention to yourself. Then, of course, there’s that one person that you look up to because they can walk into a room and the whole place lights up, gets everyone cracked up,  and easily gets favors done for them because they’re easily likable and you can’t help but wish you were a bit more like them.

    Well, any introvert would most likely relate to these everyday dilemmas that they face in relationships with humans. Now here are a few things you should know as one

    It’s okay to be introverted: You’ve probably imagined that being introverted has worked more against you than for you, but hear me out. It’s completely okay to be introverted and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. God made you just the way you are on purpose. This includes your mannerisms, your methods of communication, and your preference for solitude. These are not mistakes. He knew just the kind of personality that was needed for the purpose he predestined you to walk in. Regardless of what anyone has to say, there is no mistake about you and the earlier you realize that and be confident in your God-given personality, the more you’d begin to realize its importance in your purpose. The earlier you stop comparing yourself to others and appreciate the beauty in all our differences, the easier it gets to relate with people.

    Its okay to be extroverted: Yes people, that’s absolutely okay too. There is nothing wrong with extroverts too. They’re not too loud or attention seeking; they’re just the way their maker needs them to be. On the other extreme of introverts who wish to be like extroverts are the introverts who feel they are superior to extroverts because of their more serious outlook on life, engagement in only needful conversations, and absolute abhorrence for small talk. Well, I can only imagine the world filled with introverted people, and I can tell you that I’m grateful to God that stays in my imaginations alone. The all-knowing God knew how important diversity is and created us with different looks and different behaviors.

    There’s always room for improvement: Perfection does not exist in our flawed world so nobody has it all together. While you learning to be comfortable in your skin, you must simultaneously seek every day to become a better version of yourself. Introversion is no excuse for poor social skills and rudeness. Besides, how are we going to spread the good news to all the ends of the earth if we only stay by ourselves and refuse to interact with others? Granted it may take a little more effort from you but with God’s sufficient grace and the Holy Spirit guarding your words and actions, you’ll learn each day to speak and relate like Christ would to those he brings along your way.

    What is yours will be yours A lot of introverted people feel like they’ve lost opportunities that came their way because of their reserved nature especially those that require a lot of human interaction. But know this, for every Christian that walks with God and allows themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, no one else can take what God has meant for you. If he has your name on it, then it’ll surely get to you. This is not to say we should sit back and remain transfixed and rigid in our ways with no room for change, but as the Holy Spirit directs, we should speak and relate with others as he leads us to.

    If you’re extroverted and reading this, understand that sometimes introverts find it harder to express themselves or interact in the way you do. Don’t write them off as snobby, rude or proud, let the holy spirit lead you as you relate with them and understand that we need just as many introverts as extroverts for a healthy balance in the world.

     

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